Trade in Counterfeit Goods and the Italian Economy

Protecting Italy's intellectual property

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The Italian economy is innovative and rich in intellectual property (IP), with nearly every industry either producing or using IP. Italian IP-intensive industries are very well integrated in the global economy, through active participation in global value chains. At the same time, the threats of counterfeiting and piracy are growing – and Italy is vulnerable. This report measures the direct, economic effects of counterfeiting on Italian consumers, the Italian retail and manufacturing industry, and the Italian governments. It examines both the impact that the imports of fake products to Italy has on these three groups and the impact on the Italian intellectual property rights holders of the global trade in fake products that infringe their IP rights.

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Methodological notes

Precise quantification and measurement of the losses to Italian consumers, retail and wholesale industryand government attributable to counterfeit products smuggled into Italy and to infringements of Italian residents’ IPR in global trade can prove elusive. This is because the clandestine and illicit nature of counterfeiting means the available data is likely to fall far short of what is needed for robust analysis and policy making (). Put differently, the point of departure for any quantitative analysis in the area of counterfeit trade is to establish the sort of statistical data available for analysing the issue.

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